The Top Twenty Obama Administration Scandals

shutterstock_126312782It’s easy to forget that the three scandals currently swirling about President Obama are just the latest episodes of potential misdoings by the scandal-plagued Obama administration.

As a refresher, here is a full list of the administration’s most egregious scandals.

1. IRS targets Obama’s enemies: The IRS targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups prior to the 2012 election. Questions are being raised about why this occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvement and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when.

2. Benghazi: This is actually three scandals in one:

  • The failure of administration to protect the Benghazi mission.
  • The changes made to the talking points in order to suggest the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video
  • The refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack

3. Watching the AP: The Justice Department performed a massive cull of Associated Press reporters’ phone records as part of a leak investigation.

4. Rosengate: The Justice Department suggested that Fox News reporter James Rosen is a criminal for reporting about classified information and subsequently monitored his phones and emails.

5. Potential Holder perjury I: Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress he had never been associated with “potential prosecution” of a journalist for perjury when in fact he signed the affidavit that termed Rosen a potential criminal.

6. The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme: Allowed weapons from the U.S. to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes, including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

7. Potential Holder Perjury II: Holder told Congress in May 2011 that he had just recently heard about the Fast and Furious gun walking scheme when there is evidence he may have known much earlier.

8. Sebelius demands payment: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited donations from companies HHS might regulate. The money would be used to help her sign up uninsured Americans for ObamaCare.

9. The Pigford scandal: An Agriculture Department effort that started as an attempt to compensate black farmers who had been discriminated against by the agency but evolved into a gravy train delivering several billion dollars in cash to thousands of additional minority and female farmers who probably didn’t face discrimination.

10. GSA gone wild: The General Services Administration in 2010 held an $823,000 training conference in Las Vegas, featuring a clown and a mind readers. Resulted in the resignation of the GSA administrator.

11. Veterans Affairs in Disney World: The agency wasted more than $6 million on two conferences in Orlando. An assistant secretary was fired.

12. Sebelius violates the Hatch Act: A U.S. special counsel determined that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in her official capacity last year. During the remarks, Sebelius called for the election of the Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina.

13. Solyndra: Republicans charged the Obama administration funded and promoted its poster boy for green energy despite warning signs the company was headed for bankruptcy. The administration also allegedly pressed Solyndra to delay layoff announcements until after the 2010 midterm elections.

14. AKA Lisa Jackson: Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used the name “Richard Windsor” when corresponding by email with other government officials, drawing charges she was trying to evade scrutiny.

15. The New Black Panthers: The Justice Department was accused of using a racial double standard in failing to pursue a voter intimidation case against Black Panthers who appeared to be menacing voters at a polling place in 2008 in Philadelphia.

16. Waging war all by myself: Obama may have violated the Constitution and both the letter and the spirit of the War Powers Resolution by attacking Libya without Congressional approval.

17. Biden bullies the press: Vice President Biden’s office has repeatedly interfered with coverage, including forcing a reporter to wait in a closet, making a reporter delete photos, and editing pool reports.

18. AKPD not A-OK: The administration paid millions to the former firm of then-White House adviser David Axelrod, AKPD Message and Media, to promote passage of Obamacare. Some questioned whether the firm was hired to help pay Axelrod $2 million AKPD owed him.

19. Sestak, we’ll take care of you: Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used Bill Clinton as an intermediary to probe whether former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) would accept a prominent, unpaid White House advisory position in exchange for dropping out of the 2010 primary against former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).

20. I’ll pass my own laws: Obama has repeatedly been accused of making end runs around Congress by deciding which laws to enforce, including the decision not to deport illegal immigrants who may have been allowed to stay in the United States had Congress passed the “Dream Act.”


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Keith Koffler


Award winning journalist Keith Koffler has 16 years of experience covering Washington. As a reporter for CongressDaily, National Journal magazine, and Roll Call, Keith wrote primarily from the White House, covering three presidents and learning as few have the intricacies of the West Wing and the behavior and motivations of its occupants. While mainly stationed at the White House, he also extensively covered Congress and Washington’s lobbyists. Keith has also written for a variety of other publications, including Politico, The Daily Caller, and The London Observer. He currently writes regular opinion columns for Politico. He blogs at

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  • J

    I do not like Obama due to his pro-choice and gay marriage views as well as some other choices in legislation. However, this article has absolutely nothing to do with faith or Catholicism and should not be on a site that just put out an article requesting donations to support the mission to teach about faith. This is a pure political agenda and does nothing for us as Catholics.

  • ponerology

    @ “J” — in case you hadn’t noticed; Obama’s handlers and bosses have begun the process of openly burying Catholicism & anyone professing to be an adherent. It ultimately has very little to do with Obama personally since he makes no decisions, at all, of his own. It does however have to do with the agenda of those at the top who “run the show” and who have had Catholicism in their sites for centuries. The point you should take from these “top 20” scandals is that a) no one is being punished or even threatened with any real punishment for obviously illegal activities and b) those who run ‘the system’ are coming waaaay out into the open and daring anyone to do anything about it because they feel completely assured there will be no reprisals of any consequence. How’d they get so confident? The revelatory method is part of the method of controlling masses of people. Catholics over the centuries were the one group that didn’t knee-jerk-jump and march to their tune. That is all changed now.

  • FWT

    Ultimately, all topics should be open for discussion and posting. Our faith must not be, indeed cannot be, separated from how we interact politically, socially, financially or in any other way with “the world”. If we are not informed, if we do not know the challenges we face, and do not let our faith inform our lives, actions, decisions — we are not living our faith, and we let “the world” win.

  • GDF

    I will be unsubscribing from Catholic Exchange due to the partisan political agenda and one-sided views it supports. In my estimation, Obama’s administration fares much better compared to Bush’s reckless presidential terms.

  • BillinJax

    A case for Martyrdom

    Anyone who thinks we should set our faith aside in America
    in order to avoid stepping over the line in this current political battle for
    the soul of our country is courting disaster.

    One thing is abundantly clear to any Catholic who understands
    the faith as shepherded by our Holy Father in Rome
    and that is the current regime in Washington D.C.
    under Barack Obama is by far the most anti-Catholic administration in the
    history of our country. The really sad thing is that our bishops had too long
    avoided the fight for fear of being accused of mixing politics and religion,
    and in the case of Obama the dreadful racist label from the media, allowing
    those of weak faith within their flocks who entered the political arena selling
    their souls to party platforms in opposition to our faith and values to
    establish a pattern of Christian capitulation.

    We and our societal standards based on the founders reliance
    on Divine guidance are no longer recognized as a legitimate challenge to the
    status quo separation phrase used to deny them. Our elected officials who were
    put into office to protect our freedoms have chosen to be a ruling class unto
    themselves. Those like Pelosi, Biden, Kerry, Dodd, Sebelius and many others
    show no remorse for pandering to the enemies of Holy
    Mother Church and
    by default are parts of the problem. The situation has become grave and we,
    with guidance from bishops who now realize just how serious the administration
    is in its effort to remove all obstacles to a full blown secularist society,
    have to get involved in the fight for the soul of America.

    It is time to stop pretending we are powerless to defend
    ourselves from those who have abandoned piety in favor of personal power and
    prestige. If we the laity, the Church Militant, are to be the martyrs for the
    faith standing together against the forces of evil which are consuming our
    nation as it progresses on the administrations path into oblivion then so it
    must be. It has and always must be for true followers of Christ a requirement to
    assist the Spirit of Pentecost within us in bringing forth upon our world the
    will of God to have life more abundant using the power of His Truth to make and
    keep men free. It is our duty, along with the message of hope and change within
    the church of Christ, to open the hearts of men to depend on the creators love
    to guide us to the place he is preparing for us not to succumb to the lure of
    an ever expanding totalitarian Marxist styled government promising to provide
    our every need in order to make us slaves to a godless political system.

  • cak

    Agenda??? If referring to Truth is an agenda then it be what it be. Jesus said believing in him and all following his example would be controversial and cause division. Take inventory and strive to be on the right side of Truth when our final Judge-ment comes.